The First Pillar of Productivity: Energy

Ever have one of those days where you wake up and the whole day, you feel as though you haven't even woken up? You feel like a zombie going through the motions of work without a thought. No amount of caffeine can cure it, and extra sleep seems to just make it worse. On that day, you know that you will probably be the least productive person on the face of the earth. It happens to everyone, we all have our up days and down days.

Because it's about Energy.

You either have energy or you don't. Everyone understands that their energy throughout the day wears down like the gasoline in a car, or you may be like some, where there are certain times in the day when you have more energy, and times that you have less energy.

Here's an old adage that we have all heard, time is money. Yet we all have the same amount of time in the day and there are certainly some people that accomplished more with that time, and there are others that haven't done much with it.

Time is not money, rather what you do with that time, or, productivity is money, and the first pillar of productivity is Energy. 

The First Pillar: Energy

Businesses generally, start out as a small flame, with 1-3+ employees. There is some energy, it's easy to start, hard to keep alive, and but it doesn't have much energy.

Larger businesses, with more than 15 employees can be compared to a bonfire. The business has momentum, it's easier to keep going, and it has energy.

Corporations with hundreds of employees can be compared to blast furnaces. Self-propagating, high energy machines.

Without energy, your company doesn't have productivity. Without productivity, employees can't produce.


So, where does it get that energy?

Your employees all have a store of energy to perform the tasks that you assign for them to complete throughout their day. Some have more energy than others and their energy waxes and wanes.

Therefore, every company has a daily, weekly, and annual store of energy. Depending on that energy, your company will either succeed or fail.

At some level, you could also call this "capacity" In the sense that your company has the energy available to complete tasks.

The more energy your company has, the more tasks it can complete, resulting in your eventual success.


How can your company obtain more energy?

In order to have more energy, it has to be created.

You can create more energy by:

  1. Hiring more staff
  2. Restructuring
  3. Creating Incentives
  4. Improving efficiency

Each of these has its pros and cons. Yet in comparison to the rest, improving efficiency is easier to implement at scale especially in comparison to restructuring.


So how can you make staff more efficient?

Discover the energy wasting Tasks, and Processes staff are completing every day. Then automate both as much as possible.

If you want to know the difference between tasks and processes check out our article that explains the difference.

While it may sound hokey pokey, automation is becoming increasingly popular due to new advancements in technology that enable businesses to monitor what staff is doing. Using that data, businesses or shared services companies like ours can evaluate that data and find energy wasting processes.


How can you begin Automating your business?

First: Evaluate your companies Tasks, and the Processes behind those tasks.

Second: Research how to automate your Processes as much as possible.

Third: Determine which Processes to begin Automating based on potential ROI.

Fourth: Begin Automating those processes

As automation becomes more pervasive throughout your company, employees become more efficient, have more energy, and your company at scale begins to operate more like a blast furnace.

Aaron McKeehan

Founder of Paradigm. Passionate about simplifying business processes so businesses can become more productive, and save time.